Women under the aegis of Amalgamation of Northern Women Associations have staged a protest asking the Federal government to conduct Referendum for Nigerians to decide whether to remain together or allow separatist agitators to go their ways.
They particularly asked Buhari government to grant a referendum to allow Biafran agitators to decide democratically whether or not to remain in Nigeria.
Speaking through their coordinator, Hadiza Adamu on Saturday, the women maintained that even though they understood the pain and suffering caused by war in any circumstance, but they do not want another insurrection nor war in Nigeria.
She noted that Nigerian history has shown that women carry the heavy burden of war and acts of insurrections and terrorism, therefore women have gone through it from 1967 to 1971, seeing men died and left their wives with the children to cater for out of nothing, other men that survived simply moved on but the women never moved on.
According to her, “The aftermath of the war and the sufferings left lifetime scars in our hearts and on our bodies. It is for this reason that we (have) come together today and say we don’t want another war, another insurrection.
“We, therefore, unanimously call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader and father of the country; and the leadership of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawal; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; to immediately call for a referendum in the country. ”
Further, Hadiza explained that the group is clamouring that the government should let people choose to live in peace in Nigeria or leave.
She said that any other group or nationality that wants to secede to exercise their rights of self-determination like the South-East has been agitating for decades to be allowed to leave Nigeria peacefully, without resorting to a second civil war.
“Today the Igbo nation has turned the entire South-East to almost a war zone, northerners irrespective of their tribes are no longer safe, states’ infrastructures are no longer safe, service personnel from police to army are not safe, INEC offices and other symbols of democracy in the country are being destroyed on daily basis, our husbands that go to do business in South-East no longer return home safe, our political leaders who travel to the South-East on national assignments are assassinated in broad daylight,” she stated.
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